Our current issue of British Bride magazine has been a phenomenal success by selling out of glossy print copies within the first 4 weeks of sale and circulation figures being more than 29,500 globally.
We knew our New Year issue was going to be a special one… we all felt it while we were excitedly shooting our exquisite front cover and main editorial at the very beautiful Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London. The architecture there was amazing but The Painted Hall (by Christopher Wren) as seen on our front cover really is something else…
For the cover shot, I was asked to create a glossy beauty look – gold eyes were a definite requirement for the Christmas cover look and a beautiful deep red lip. I wanted this look to ooze “luxury” as the perfect accompaniment to the stunning Stewart Parvin gown. The hair styling was soft and romantic, beautifully styled by Laurie Scott.
Cover model Bryony had amazing skin so with a little preparation, I was able to create a beautiful glass skin effect for her base. Her brows were naturally full so I just groomed them with Soapbrows and filled in any tiny gaps. The red lip with the gold eyeshadow was a really strong festive beauty look but not one to shy away from my creative itch, we added a little extra sass. Actually, it was EXTRA AF!
The gold lip drip… The lip drip has become a favourite look of mine and while it might have seemed like a crazy idea to mix creative up with a bridal cover, we aren’t a traditional bridal magazine! We are a luxury fashion-led glossy so luckily the rest of the team were on board with the idea of stepping away from the traditional beauty look and adding something extra.
Preparation for the lip drip was definitely a full team effort. When creating this look, it requires a steady hand, the model’s face at the perfect angle and a loud, quick command of “Go! Go! Go” to the photographer once the look is set up. You get one chance to get a great shot as once the drip has drup (yeah I know that’s not a word…) there is no second chance to re-take the image. Working with James Clarke who was taking the images for the magazine on this photoshoot (and also doubles up as our ridiculously talented Editor-in-Chief and designer of couture garments), I knew I could trust him to get the perfect image. He told me that he had “the shot” and it wasn’t until a couple of weeks later I saw the image in it’s full glory… and did the happiest of happy dances! I was over the moon with the final image. It captured everything I wanted from the shot… the angle, the drip “dripping” and real skin showing pores and all yet still looking fabulously glossy!
The image became the back cover to the magazine. British Bride boasts 2 cover images, both as highly coveted as each other. It seemed like a bold move to use a creative beauty image for one of our covers… but it just worked and represented everything the British Bride team pride themselves on. Luxury, beauty, style and being different.
This issue was filled with beautiful imagery from cover to cover, it was published just before Christmas and we can’t express how insanely proud we are of the magazine and particularly this issue.
We have noticed some very exciting followers and people viewing our stories on social media so we can’t wait to see where 2020 takes us! We have some big plans so watch this space…
Here are some more images from our main editorial…
Images/Editor-in-Chief – James Clarke
Cover Editorial/Managing Editor/Cake – Lindsay Pemberton
Models – Bryony Bowes and Christine Fritsch
Fashion Editor – Chenca Williams
Makeup Artist / Beauty Editor – Gemma Rimmington
Hair Stylist – Laurie Scott
Location – Old Royal Naval College
Although all print copies have now been sold, you are still able to grab a coffee, put your feet up and download our magazine easily on your phone, tablet or laptop.
We are always scouting for special real life weddings to feature, luxury wedding suppliers to showcase and editorial submissions to the magazine so if you would like to be considered please contact us on;